Australia's Jordan Thompson plays a backhand during his quarter-final against Japan's Kei Nishikori at the Brisbane International. The Aussie was no match for the world No.5, going down 6-1 6-1.
Australia's Jordan Thompson plays a backhand during his quarter-final against Japan's Kei Nishikori at the Brisbane International. The Aussie was no match for the world No.5, going down 6-1 6-1. Tertius Pickard

Jordan's big week ends at hands of Nishikori

TENNIS: Aussie wildcard Jordan Thompson's most successful week on the ATP tour has been stopped cold by Kei Nishikori.

The world No.5 produced the most commanding performance of the Brisbane International in their quarter-final, smashing 21 winners past the Sydneysider during his 6-1 6-1 win in a tick over an hour.

The third seed from Japan next plays the man one spot ahead of him on the ATP rankings, three-time major winner Stan Wawrinka.

It was Thompson's first ATP quarter-final.

Earlier, Wawrinka was the first man through to the semi-finals of the tournament.

The Swiss star fought back from a set down to win 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 6-4 over Britain's world No.45, Kyle Edmund.

Edmund advanced to the quarter-finals when sixth seed Lucas Pouille, of France, retired hurt in their second-round match.

In yesterday's other quarter-finals, Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (seeded seventh) faced Austria's Dominic Thiem (four), and the defending champion and top seed, Canada's Milos Raonic, took on veteran Spaniard Rafael Nadal (five).

Thompson now heads to the Sydney International.

He and fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis have been awarded wildcards for the tournament.

Thompson, who made the second round in his home tournament last year, said he was keen to continue his strong start to the year after defeating former world No.3 David Ferrer to make the Brisbane quarter-finals.

"I feel like I've been playing some of my best tennis this past year and I'm excited to get out and play in front of all my friends, family and the Sydney crowd next week,” he said.

Kokkinakis, 20, will be making his long-awaited return to singles after a horror run of injuries in 2016, when he played just one competitive match.

He said he was looking forward to making his singles return, after teaming up with Thompson in the doubles in Brisbane.

"It's no secret last year was a tough one for me, but it felt great to get back out on court in Brisbane and I'm feeling fit and ready to go in Sydney,” he said.

"I'm very grateful for the opportunity I've been given with the wildcard and I'm looking forward to getting to Sydney and playing in front of the Aussie fans.”

The Sydney International starts tomorrow.

with THE COURIER-MAIL



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